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this too shall pass…in 30 minutes.

November 13, 2009

People love to tell you that “it is what it is” like this is some kind of secret that’s going to change your life. But I would like to let these people in on another secret, the fact that the things that are happening right now are happening right now is not a secret.  It’s not even an inside joke, or an outside joke, but a statement so indisputable that it really doesn’t need to ever be said again or in the first place.  If these people are looking for more ways to confound their friends with obviousness here are some they might try:

The present is now.

The past is what happened before.

Look, sky.

The past?  It already happened, and it’s over.  (see #2)

The future comes later.

Prediction can be difficult.

The amount of control you have over the future is either some or almost none at all.

Act accordingly.

The way you act is how you are acting.

There are cats.  Lots of cats.

That cloud looks like a collection of rabbit tails.

What will be will be.  I promise.  (see #1)

Look, sky. (I know I already said that, but there’s so much of it)

Pomeranians are cute.

There is no spoon

People can be loud.

Travel?  Yes I like it.  It’s good for you even when it’s hard.  And when it gets hard, just remember…

It is what it is.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Alex permalink
    November 13, 2009 6:33 pm

    Thanks for that Carlin-like rant on overused cliches.

    “Today is a gift, that’s why they call it the present.”

    … Murder. Maim. Bludgeon.

  2. Thomas permalink
    November 13, 2009 8:08 pm

    I feel like people aren’t giving advice when they say “it is what it is,” they’re telling themselves to shut up about whatever they’re talking about. That’s not always a bad thing.

  3. Kent McMillan permalink
    November 16, 2009 6:38 am

    People love to tell you that “it is what it is” like this is some kind of secret that’s going to change your life. But I would like to let these people in on another secret, the fact that the things that are happening right now are happening right now is not a secret.

    I’m sure it’s just me, but when exactly is this “right now”? I blinked and I must have missed it.

    “It isn’t what it was” and “it isn’t what it will be” are nearly universally true. Between what was and what will be, however, is there more than the vanishingly thin flicker of time in which things momentarily are, sparks thrown into the darkness from a fire, until suddenly they aren’t, thereby becoming immediately what they weren’t?

  4. Fernando permalink
    November 30, 2009 2:47 pm

    How do we arm ourselves against these idiots of the obvious? what is the best response to a “it is what it is?”. How about summoning your inner Descartes and responding “It is therefore you are an a- clown”. Just brainstorming.

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